Cut for the Cure is June 11

Beautician Julia Heath measures Jenn Sporer's hair to see if it is long enough to make the cut. Both Julia and Jenn will be on The Green Saturday, June 11 for Cut for the Cure, a Relay For Life Of Tioga County event.
Beautician Julia Heath measures Jenn Sporer’s hair to see if it is long enough to make the cut. Both Julia and Jenn will be on The Green Saturday, June 11 for Cut for the Cure, a Relay For Life Of Tioga County event.

WELLSBORO— Women and men with long hair who want to change their hairstyles and help someone else at the same time are invited to participate in Cut for the Cure.

This Relay For Life Of Tioga County event will be Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on The Green in Wellsboro. It is part of Family Day and Children’s Health Fair activities.

Jennifer Sporer of Wellsboro has decided to have her hair cut that day. “During my 18 years as a teacher and administrator, I’ve asked my students to give their time, effort and talents to whatever they do,” Sporer said. “Being on the Relay For Life committee and donating my hair to benefit others are ways I’ve found to model that for my students. This will be my fourth hair donation in 15 years. On average it takes 2½ years for my hair to grow 12 inches. This is one way I can help a woman who has lost her hair during cancer treatment.”

Two Wellsboro hairstylists, Julia Heath and Sabrina Hazelton will be on The Green to cut donors’ hair. To make the cut, each person’s hair will be put in a ponytail that has to be between 8 and 12 inches long.

Through its network of wig banks, the American Cancer Society distributes Pantene Beautiful Lengths real-hair wigs free to patients who are battling cancer Since 2006, more than 800,000 ponytails have been donated and more than 42,000 real-hair wigs have been created and donated to the ACS program. For a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig, each ponytail must measure a minimum of eight inches in length. The hair cannot be bleached or permanently colored and must not be any more than five percent naturally gray in color. It takes eight to 15 ponytails to make one wig. For a realistic-looking wig that has consistent color, all of the ponytails must be processed and then dyed the same shade. It is critical for each ponytail to absorb dyes at the same rate in order to create a wig that is one natural-looking color.

Those who have questions about caring for their hair before it is cut on June 11 can contact a Pantene representative toll-free at 1-800-945-7768 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The American Cancer Society also supports Wigs for Kids, which provides free wigs at no cost to youth under 18 years of age who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, alopecia, burns or other medical reasons. To receive a free wig, a child has to be referred to this non-profit organization by a medical professional. Donor’s hair must be a minimum of 12 inches long before being cut, cannot be chemically processed or colored, cannot be naturally gray and must be clean and completely dry. Temporary coloring and highlights are accepted but must be completely washed out before cutting.

For more information about Cut for the Cure, call Jenn Sporer at 570-404-5035 or Earin Maldona at 570-439-7604.

Family Day and Children’s Health Fair is June 11

WELLSBORO—The 15th Annual Family Day and Children’s Health Fair will kick off the 75th Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival. The event will be Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outdoors on “The Green” in Wellsboro, rain or shine. Everything is free.

Hosting Family Day, which promotes wellness and healthy activities, are the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health, the Wellsboro Montessori Children’s Center, and the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

By resolution, the Tioga County Commissioners have designated June 11, as “Smoke Free Day on The Green.”

There will be activities for children of all ages, including games, refreshments and entertainment.

Over 30 businesses and non-profit organizations are participating in Family Day. Some will involve youth in creative projects or activities. At the Tioga County Relay For Life booth, youngsters can play Simon Says: Sunscreen, be on a watering can relay team and plant a seed that has a special meaning.

Other booths will have information about children’s health, safety and well being such as self-expression through music, eye health, substance abuse prevention, bicycle safety, car seat safety, emotional wellness, wildfire, water and fire safety, and healthy snacks with samples.

At 10 a.m., children and adults are invited to join guitarist and singer Mr. Ronn for a lively show. He will involve the audience in singing 1950s rock and roll and old-time country tunes and playing percussion instruments such as bells, tambourines, maracas, washboards, cymbals, bongos, accordions and a bass drum.

Sadie Green Sales will perform at noon. Timothy Walker and David Driskell will sing jug band songs and play a host of instruments, from banjo, harmonica and flute to a penny whistle, musical saw and washtub bass.

Pony hoppers for youngsters, teens and adults to ride; a bounce house with a slide; and slacklines to try will be on The Green.

Being given out free to participants will be a choice of one of the following: a rubber playground ball, a foam football, a foam Frisbee or a jump rope.

Wellsboro Pediatric Health Care Associates is sponsoring the giveaway of free bike helmets in sizes toddler to extra large while supplies last. For a free helmet, the youth must register and must be present to be fitted.

Among the many free treasures at the booths will be hacky sacks, badges, ice/cold packs, bracelets, stickers, pens, pencils, crayons, coloring books, a 10-inch flying disk with pouch, T-shirts and nail files.

For more information about Family Day and other Laurel Festival events stop in at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street Monday through Friday, call 570-724-1926 or email

Wellsboro Firemen’s Carnival is June 7-11

WELLSBORO—The Wellsboro Firemen’s Carnival will open Tuesday, June 7, and remain open through Saturday, June 11. Carnival rides for children, teenagers and adults, food and games will be on the grounds at the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex at 21 East Avenue in Wellsboro. Hours will be 6-10 p.m. every night, Tuesday through Friday. On Saturday, the carnival will be open from 3-10 p.m.

Wristbands for rides Tuesday through Friday will be $15 each and good for the day of purchase. Wristbands for Saturday rides will be $20 each and good for that day. Individual tickets and strips of tickets will also be available.

Firefighters will be offering hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh cut French fries, hot and sweet sausage sandwiches, funnel cakes and beverages. Bartlebaugh Amusements will have cotton candy, candied apples and beverages.

“The Annex will be open so folks who purchase refreshments will have a place to come in and sit down and eat,“ said Wellsboro Fire Chief Lonnie Campbell. “Our overall goal is to have a great show so folks will attend. The carnival is our major fundraiser with the proceeds serving as the Wellsboro Fire Department’s main source of funding during the upcoming year. We rely on that money to help purchase uniforms and other needed equipment.”

First Citizens Community Bank to Open Mount Joy Office

First Citizens Community Bank logoThe Mansfield, PA headquartered First Citizens Community Bank is opening an office in Lancaster County’s Mount Joy, pending a regulatory approval.

First Citizens Community Bank established itself in the south central part of Pennsylvania in December of 2015 with the acquisition of the The First National Bank of Fredericksburg. There are now seven bank locations in the counties of Berks, Schuylkill, and Lebanon.

The Mount Joy office used to be a branch of National Penn Bank, which has been acquired by BB&T. First Citizens Community Bank CEO and President Randall E. Black stated the following, “The disruption in the market from multiple acquisitions made it possible for us to not only obtain our first move-in-ready location in Lancaster County but also attract some significant talent for our Ag Banking focus.” First Citizens National Bank hired Dwight Rohrer to lead agricultural and commercial lending in Pennsylvania’s south central region. Rohrer was the Ag Team leader and Vice President of National Penn Bank.

In 2012, First Citizens Community bank was ranked as the #1 top performing community bank in the United States. The bank provides more loans to small businesses and farmers in the counties of Tioga, Potter, and Bradford, than any other national, local, or regional bank.

Black went on to say the following, “The Mount Joy location provides us the opportunity to leverage the strength and support of our South Central offices combined with our years of success in serving the Agriculture market, small businesses and rural communities… We are a financially strong community bank, small enough to be flexible but large enough to satisfy a wide-range of consumer and business needs. This has always been a winning combination for us.”

South Central Regional President Jim Rovito said the following, “Consumers and businesses in the area have already shown great enthusiasm for First Citizens since we entered the market last December… Adding the Mount Joy office to our network is further proof that the bank sees significant potential in the area.”

First Citizens Community Bank plans to have the Mount Joy office fully operating by the end of August or the beginning September. The bank will have an ATM and a drive up teller window. In addition, the Ag Bankers and a few commercial lenders will be at the branch. The Mount Joy office is located at 740 East Main Street.

There are currently 24 First Citizens Community Bank offices in the counties of Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Berks, Clinton, Schulykill, and Lebanon counties. In addition, there is an office in Allegany County, NY.  There is also an agricultural loan processing office in Winfield, PA. If you would like more information about First Citizens Community Bank, you can visit or visit their Facebook page:

Port Allegany Bicentennial Event Recognized by PA House of Representatives

Martin Causer
Martin Causer

According to Representative Martin Causer (R) of Turtlepoint, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved resolution to commemorate McKean County’s Port Allegany bicentennial event which takes place next month.

Causer issued the following statement about the House’s unanimous decision known as House Resolutoin 904, “It’s great to see the community come together to celebrate its unique history… It’s always interesting to learn more about our past and how the community has evolved, even as we look forward to the future.”

The Port Allegany bicentennial celebrates its 200th anniversary. It takes place from Sunday, June 12th to Saturday, June 18th. There will be an opening ceremony, an ice cream social, and a performance from a barbershop quartet. In addition, there will be a Pioneers Day picnic, a white elephant and bake sale auction, a car cruise, geocaching and scavenger hunts, wagon rides, and a cemetery walk. If you would like more information, you may email

The original name of Port Allegany was “Canoe Place. Canoes were built from white pine trees in the area by early settlers. In 1838, the town’s name was changed to Port Allegany. At the beginning of the 1880’s, the town became a borough.


Hills Creek and Cherry Springs State Parks June 3 & 4 Activities

This Saturday, June 4, the public is invited to attend the Star Party at Cherry Springs State Park to view the Milky Way. Hills Creek State Park is providing free programs this weekend, too.

Star Party at Cherry Springs
The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg is sponsoring the Cherry Springs Star Party this Thursday through Sunday, June 2-5. Astronomers will be set up at the park’s Astronomy Observation Field to view the night skies and listen to speakers who are experts in astronomy and astrophysics.

During this pre-paid, pre-registered event, the public is invited to look through different telescopes set up on the Astronomy Observation Field to view the stars one night only – this Saturday, June 4, from 8-11 p.m. Cherry Springs State Park is 15 miles from Coudersport on Route 44 in Potter County.

Bring a small flashlight with a red lens. The park’s Dark Sky Team volunteers will assist by providing visitors with red cellophane and rubber bands to convert flashlights with white light to red; white light is not permitted on the field.

The volunteers will also assist visitors in getting to Astronomy Field. Light sticks, strategically placed, will identify the 30 to 40 astronomers who have volunteered their scopes for the public viewing.

On a good night, thousands of stars can be seen along with planets, nebulae and distant galaxies. The entire Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon and the view is spectacular. Even under partly cloudy skies, many wonders of the Milky Way can be observed and enjoyed. If it is raining or totally overcast, the public viewing night will be cancelled.

The concession stand will be open and food and hot drinks will be for sale.

All visitors who are not registered to attend the star party will be asked to leave the park by 11 p.m.

For more information, visit the Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund/Association website ( or call 1-814-435-1037.

At Hills Creek
Hills Creek State Park, located about seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township, is hosting three free one-hour programs this weekend at the Nature Center area, which is located in the campground between B and C loop.

Squirrel Wars
This Friday, June 3 at 8:30 p.m., examine man’s ongoing struggle to cope with gray squirrels. Practical solutions and humorous attempts will be shown.

World of the Beaver
Learn more about the beaver that inhabit Hills Creek Lake and how important this amazing rodent was through history this Saturday, June 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Bears in Pennsylvania
This Sunday, June 5, at 9 p.m., find out how well bears are doing in Pennsylvania. With the largest average weights, an earlier breeding age and larger litter sizes, black bears that live in this state exceed those living anywhere else. Why is this happening?

Canoe Tour
This Sunday, June 5, meet at 6 p.m. at the beach area to go on a 1½-hour canoe tour of Hills Creek Lake to explore its history and management and discover wildlife along the way. Boats, paddles, and personal flotation devices will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment but are still asked to register. To participate, register by calling the office at (570) 724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Alcohol Not Allowed on Tioga, Susquehannock State Forest Lands June 4th

STPR Rally logoAccording to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), any and all alcoholic beverages will not be allowed on Tioga and Susquehannock State Forest lands on Saturday, June 4th.

This ban is in conjunction with the 2016 STPR Rally (Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally). If you would like more information, you may call the Tioga State Forest District Office at (570) 724-2868 from Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Wellsboro is Semifinalist in National Contest to Win $25,000

Wellsboro PAWellsboro has been named as a semifinalist in the 2016 America’s Main Streets contest being held by the small business movement Independent We Stand.

The public voted from 25 quarterfinalists, and the semifinalists are narrowed down to 10. A panel of judges will pick a winner on Thursday, June 2nd. On Friday, June 3rd, at 10:00 a.m., the Grand Prize Winner will be announced.

The Grand Prize winner will get $25,000. The $25,000 will be used revitalize the town and for activities focusing on “buying local”. In addition, the winner will receive a $1,000 certificate to STIHL equipment, a $500 Tire Pros certificate to use towards a set of Continental tires, a $500 shopping spree, an Alignable small business social media “Neighborhood”, and a special plaque worth $100. The winner will also get recognized on the social media channels and public relations outreach of Independent We Stand.

Wellsboro was founded in 1806. It is Tioga County’s county seat. If you would like more information about Wellsboro, you can visit You may also call 570-724-1926 or email To learn more about the America’s Main Street Contest, you can visit

June 3rd Wellsboro First Friday

The June Wellsboro First Friday is on Friday, June 3rd and it will have an “Earth Day Every Day” theme. There will be shopping specials, a scavenger hunt, a contest, food, music, art, and much more.

There will be several shopping specials during the June 3rd Wellsboro First Friday event. At the Fifth Season, you can get a coupon for 15% off any regular priced item when you bring a gently used clothing item. Your gently used clothing item will be donated to Seeds of Hope. In addition, there will be a 15% off sale on picnic products, backyard BBQ products, cookie cutters, etc. There will also be a buy one, get one 1/2 off sale. While you shop at the Fifth Season, you can sample cookies and dips. Shabby Rue is having a $10 table. There will also be secret savings in the store. People participating in the scavenger hunt also get something. There will be a 30% off sale on Bug Bungalow, Butterfly Garden and Bug Magnifier at Pop’s Culture Shoppe. Country Ski & Sports will have a 15% off sale on everything between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. In addition, there will be a $25 off sale on used bikes. There will be a 10% off sale on all Patagonia products, including items on sale, at Wild Asaph Outfitters. Patagonia makes fleece clothing out of recycled plastic bottles. In addition, Patagonia donates some of the sales to preserving and restoring the environment. Any flavor frappuccino at Cafe 1905 will only be $3.

The scavenger hunt features a crossword puzzle on each side of the sheet. If you complete one puzzle, you will have a chance to win one of twelve prizes. If you complete both puzzles, you will double your chances of winning. Prizes are donated by local businesses. To get a sheet, simply stop in at any local business listed on the sheet.

The Sidewalk Chalk Contest will take place in front of Stained Glass Reflections. The contest is being facilitated by Apryl Tubbs and the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health. Three prizes will be awarded. Peggy’s Candies & Gifts had donated all of the prizes for the contest. Every participant will receive an “I’m and Artist!” badge.

There will be several activities at the June 3rd Wellsboro First Friday. You can make a pine cone bird feeder at Wild Asaph Outfitters. Make a flower pot craft at The Fifth Season. Dunham’s Department Store will have earth-friendly Green Toys Treasure Chest toys for the kids to play with at Cafe 1905. There will also be Kinetic Sand and water friendly toys. Kids may also pick out a prize from the “prize garden”. Boy Scout Troop 24 will have a knot tying demonstration at the Ginn & Vickery Law Office. Ropes and instruction sheets will be given so participants can practice knot tying at home. While you are there, you can buy meat sticks from the troop to help them raise money for a summer trip to Washington, DC. For a donation to the Animal Care Sanctuary, you can get a personalized engraved tag for your dog from Senior’s Creations on Main Street. The Animal Care Sanctuary will also have dogs to pet. You can play “Happy Salmon” at Pop’s Culture Shoppe during Game Night. You can get a free chair massage and possibly a manicure at Emerge Healing Arts & Spa in front of The Red Skillet.

There will be music and art at the June 3rd First Friday as well. Jesse Gotschal, AKA The Road Virus will be playing in front of Pop’s Culture Shoppe, and Artist Josh Crane will be displaying his painted art. A drum circle is being hosted by Liz Carras and Julie Schlosser of the Endless Mountains Arts Cooperative on the Deane Center lawn. There may be ukuleles and guitars to try out as well. Also on the Deane Center lawn, Artist George Morris will turn wood on a lathe. He will also be making small tops for kids.